How to recycle hearing aid batteries

Hearing aid battery life: what can be done next?

Hearing aid batteries are the lifeblood of our devices, but like any other battery, they have a limited lifespan and usage cycle. It is crucial to recycle these batteries once they are depleted, as it benefits both our well-being and the environment. Let's explore the appropriate actions to take and those to avoid when it comes to recycling hearing aid batteries.

Dos and Don’ts for hearing aid batteries

Battery lifespan is influenced by various factors, including power consumption, usage patterns, and active functionality. To optimise battery performance and prolong their lifespan, proper maintenance is essential. This involves daily cleaning and turning off the device when not in use.

Extreme temperatures and high altitudes can negatively impact battery life. If the battery gets wet, it is best to dry it immediately to prevent potential issues. When replacing batteries, avoid touching them directly with bare hands and use the provided tab, removing it only during the replacement process. While having a battery stockpile is wise to avoid running out, it's important not to store an excessive amount as batteries gradually lose their charge over time. To preserve their performance, it is best to store them in a dry place, away from heat and humidity.

Why recycle hearing aid batteries?

Properly recycling hearing aid batteries is vital for both our well-being and the environment. As with all batteries, hearing aid batteries are classified as special waste and should not be disposed of with regular household waste. Instead, they should be taken to designated collection points for safe recycling. This also applies to expired batteries, which may become harmful or inefficient if continued to be used. Recycling, in general, is the most environmentally responsible choice as it enables the removal and appropriate disposal of toxic materials while potentially allowing for reuse in other applications.

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What to do with dead hearing aid batteries

When hearing aids indicate a low battery with an audible signal, it's important to know how to handle dead batteries. Here are a few tips:

  • Store dead batteries after replacing them and avoid throwing them into regular household waste.
  • Look for special recycling bins dedicated to dead batteries. These bins are typically located outside larger supermarkets, near pharmacies, or in town squares. However, it's worth noting that recycling facilities may vary depending on your municipality.
  • Hearing centers often offer battery pick-up services, which can be a convenient option, especially when purchasing new batteries.
  • Dispose of batteries responsibly by placing them in the appropriate containers designated for battery recycling.

Remember, proper disposal of dead batteries is crucial for both environmental protection and safety.

Where can I recycle my hearing aid batteries?

Discharged hearing aid batteries should be taken to designated collection points where they can be disposed of free of charge. Hearing centres or places where batteries are purchased often offer this service. Amplifon, for instance, provides battery disposal at all their points of sale. It's a good practice to remember to bring in spent batteries when purchasing new ones. Most municipalities have dedicated collection centres with special containers to ensure the optimal recycling of discharged hearing aid batteries.

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Rechargeable hearing aid batteries

Replacing batteries is not the sole solution for maintaining optimal hearing day after day. Some devices offer the convenience of rechargeable batteries, which can be replenished using a special charger when the hearing aids are not in use, typically overnight or as needed.

These batteries are an integral part of the device and do not require replacement. If any issues arise during the recharging process, it is advisable to consult a specialist for prompt resolution. Another option to consider, to avoid frequent battery replacements, is using rechargeable hearing aids. These technologically advanced devices have gained popularity due to their practicality. Simply plug them into the charger, and they are ready for the next day. This user-friendly approach aligns with the routine we already follow for other digital devices like smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Rechargeable options are available for RIC (receiver-in-the-ear) hearing aids, and recent advancements have effectively addressed previous power-related concerns. This ensures excellent hearing abilities throughout the day while enjoying the freedom of not having to worry about battery replacements.

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